Boost your Wardrobe and Attitude in 10 Steps

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Fashion. For some us, that word sparks excitement, for others, a heavy sigh, and for still others, a bit of a sarcastic snarl. We women fall all across the spectrum of emotional reaction to the word that describes what we wear and how we wear it--the word that carries a weighty connotation of … [Read more...]

Be a Superhero #EndSuicide

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These people are real live superheroes. Each one has survived intense suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempts. They all have an illness that's symptoms often include intrusive thoughts of wanting to die. And that is so so very scary and sad and frustrating, but no matter what, they continue to … [Read more...]

Mom’s Time Out with Bigelow Tea

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School started for us on Tuesday and I have to admit I am so very glad its here. Even though back to school begins that busy time of drops offs, pick ups, homework and driving all over creation, I finally have a couple of hours a few days a week for a time out when they are BOTH in school! So today … [Read more...]

I’m a Good Mom Because I Do This…

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Or at least I try to, because to be a good mom (or spouse), I have to take care of myself first. I don't do it all every day, but I do what I can and that goes a long way. Nutrition. Activity. Pleasure. Rest. Patience. Mindfulness. Protection. Support. Kindness. Distraction. Fun. Attention. … [Read more...]

How to Inspire an Exercise Hater to Make Healthy Choices

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I have a confession: I hate to exercise. In my 40 years on this earth, I have never found an exercise that appeals to me enough to actually keep doing it. For example, I like yoga. It's stress-reducing and actually would be good for my anxiety, but you can't just do it once and call it a day. I … [Read more...]

Seattle Seahawks Recognize Suicide Prevention

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Friday night our American Foundation for Suicide Prevention chapter was recognized at the Seattle Seahawks preseason game. My fellow board member Heather and I were there on the field and up on the jumbotron sharing the message of suicide prevention. It was such a thrill to reach so many … [Read more...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Send My Son to Daycare When I’m Not Working

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Please welcome Kristen for this week's I'm Not a Bad Mom. If you would like to submit your own story, please check out info here. My husband and I both work full-time.  There is no way around that.  We have a mortgage, car loans, student loans, credit card debt...the list of expenses go on … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Switched From Breastfeeding to Formula

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Please welcome Kendra to the blog today for the newly relaunched I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. This series will run weekly on Thursdays and if you'd like to submit a piece, please see details here.  My son was born in April of 2012. When I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything “right”. I … [Read more...]

Postpartum Progress: Kicking PPD Ass for 10 Years!

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Its easy to feel alone when you're in the midst of postpartum depression. Isolated, insecure, anxious, paranoid. You feel like something is fundamentally wrong with you...like no one in the world will understand...like no one will be able to help you. Its heartbreaking to be in that pit when you see … [Read more...]

Escape Into Outlander

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I've been somewhat depressed, and when I am, I read. I honestly don't know if its self care or a way for me to withdraw and escape. But I really love reading, and its a relatively new phenomenon. OK, not new exactly, but its only been something I've enjoyed in my adulthood. I credit my love of … [Read more...]

Social Media Silence

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Yesterday both my mom and my friend Angel (who I met at last year's Overnight Walk, see pic) messaged me asking if I was OK. And I am...OK. I guess my last blog post about things I hate about mental illness and my "social media silence" as Angel put it were signs to them. I can feel a lack of … [Read more...]

10 Things I Hate About Mental Illness

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I'm not ashamed to have mental illness, but it does really suck to have it...for lots of reasons. Can you relate? I know I'm not alone here. So many things to contend with and fight against on a daily basis. There are days I want to scream, or cry, or maybe both. So what are 10 things I … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Combustion

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I always burn out after a big event. Sometimes I think of it as a hangover, but this year its definite burnout. So its taken me several days to write this. After months of fundraising and planning, last weekend was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk, bringing suicide … [Read more...]

My Illness Lies and I Can’t Help But Listen

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A couple nights ago I had the worst headache of my life. OK, maybe not the worst. I get headaches a lot and sometimes they're bad. But this one seriously made me want to vomit. I couldn't fall asleep and just wanted to cry, and since I've been spacey and not myself. But honestly, I'm pretty sure I … [Read more...]